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Queenstown

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Dunedin

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Oamaru

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Wanaka

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Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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Alexandra

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Moeraki

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Catlins Lake

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Cardrona

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Kaka Point

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Clyde

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Lake Hayes

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Saint Bathans

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Cromwell

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Lake Wanaka

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Makarora

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Queenstown

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  • Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

    Queenstown Things to Do

    For the most spectacular view of Queenstown, visit the Skyline Gondola. This takes you to Bob's Peak, offering a panoramic vista over the entire town and its environs. This is the best thing to see if you have only a very short time in Queenstown, and want to make the most of it. In addition to the view, there is a restaurant (which I didn't...

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  • Millbrook Resort Queenstown

    Queenstown Hotels

    I haven't stayed at this resort but my boyfriend has. On our trip to Queenstown he took me here to...

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  • The Cow Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    Queenstown Restaurants

    The Cow Restaurant is a local pizza and spaghetti house and the menu has remained unchanged since 1976. They hand roll their own pizza bases and make their own breads. It's a bit of an insitution and well known to the locals who come back again and again. I would recommend making a booking as it remains very well patronised. The Cow Restaurant...

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Dunedin

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  • The Albert Arms Tavern

    Dunedin Restaurants

    This solid establishment is world famous in Dunedin for its yummy doorstep toasted sandwiches. You can get other hearty pub fare at student prices. The Albert is a nice plcae to while away a windy Otago afternoon watching the rugby or cricket. Doorstep toasted sandwich of course!!

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  • 858 George Street

    Dunedin Hotels

    We spent 3 nights staying here. The two rooms we had (1 twin and 1 double) were spacious,...

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  • The Catlins

    Dunedin Off The Beaten Path

    Waipapa Point is one of several places along the Catlins Coast where it is possible to see Hooker’s Sea Lions. These endangered animals are found mostly at the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands, but a few live on the Otago Peninsula, the Catlins Coast, and on and around Stewart Island. Much larger and more aggressive than the shy New Zealand Fur Seal,...

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Oamaru

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  • Historic town

    Oamaru Things to Do

    If you have the time, go for a walk around the "Original Commercial area of Oamaru." This area is known as.... New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape. with buildings dating from the 1870's to 1890's as they were in the past. Most of them are built out of the local limestone. This area is being restored, and although when we walked...

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  • Highfield Mews, Oamaru

    Oamaru Hotels

    244 Thames Street, Oamaru, 9400, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Gently visit the yellow eyed penguins...

    Oamaru Things to Do

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear humans. The beach is visible from high above, bringing a pair of binoculars and/or camera zooms is a very good idea!We were lucky enough to see one...

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Wanaka

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  • Intercity : Franz Josef to Wanaka / to...

    Wanaka Transportation

    If you're travelling around New Zealand and don't have your own wheels, one of the options available to you is Intercity New Zealand.Intercity have a number of ticket options available to you; these include pass options (so that you can keep your itinerary flexible) as well as single/return journey options.If you need to make a firm itinerary to...

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  • The Moorings

    Wanaka Hotels

    Brilliantly positioned opposite the lakefront right near the heart of the town, the Moorings contain...

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  • Puzzeling world

    Wanaka Things to Do

    Extremely recommended, a great fun for adults and kids. also a great dear of toys to remember the wonderful experience.NZ$17 per adult. kids NZ$11.

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Arrowtown

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Glenorchy

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Alexandra

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  • The Big Clock

    Alexandra Things to Do

    Situated on one of the hills beside Alexandra on the other side of the river sits one of the biggest clocks in NZ. It is approx 7M tall and is lit up at night making it visible for 8 or so kilometres depending on weather conditions.You can walk up to the clock if you're keen with the circuit taking you over the Shaky Bridge and a nice Cafe/winery...

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  • Avenue Motel

    Alexandra Hotels

    119 Centennial Avenue

  • Alexandra - Clyde 150th Anniversary Walk

    Alexandra Things to Do

    Running beside the Clutha between Alex and Clyde is an 11.5km track. It is open to walkers and bikers with the Mountain Bike crew who give it the most action. There are lots of dips and rises, small bridges and fast straights to give you a fun ride no matter what your level. Bikes can be hired from several places for around $10 per hour or $35 per...

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Moeraki

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  • Moeraki Boulders

    Moeraki Things to Do

    These large, spherical boulders can be found on a stretch of Koekohe Beach, between Moeraki and Hampden. You will find them in clusters or standing alone. The stretch of beach where they stand has been named a scientific reserve. The boulders have been formed near the surface of the seafloor during the Paleocene era. They have been created by the...

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  • Oamaru

    Moeraki Things to Do

    its not of the beaten path, State Highway 1 goes through this enchanting town of the South Island, with its victorian, white Stone Buildings. the Harbour Precinct, the lovely pubs, the Pengy Statue. but I wont repeat myself. have a look at my separate Oamaru page, you might like it.more pix from the Moeraki Boulders and the Blue Pengy's

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  • Te Kai-hinaki

    Moeraki Things to Do

    Maori LegendAccording to the Maori folklore "the Kai" (food)hinaki (baskets) were washed ashore at Moeraki from the canoe Arai - uru, which was wrecked off the coast on a voyage south in search off the precious stone.(Greenstone or Jade).The Scientific VersionThe Moeraki Boulders consist mainly of carbonate of lime, silica, alumina and peroxide of...

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Catlins Lake

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  • Cathedral Caves - over rated

    Catlins Lake Tourist Traps

    Cathedral Caves can look spectacular in brochure photographs but I didn't think they were worth the steep walk back up to the carpark. From the beach there appear to be two caves but they are actually two openings to a single cave. If you enter via the first cave and walk to the back it becomes dark and the roof is lower and you may think you are...

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  • Papatowai Motels and Store

    Catlins Lake Hotels

    We were passing through the Catlins during the winter. Despite the ubiquitous brochures and...

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  • Winter Ghost Towns

    Catlins Lake Warnings and Dangers

    The migration of tourists comes mostly in the summer. The hotels, B&B's, restaurants, etc. in the area thrive on passersby. However it is a different story in the winter. Nearly the entire area is buttoned up and quiet.If you are traveling through in the winter, it is best if you are looking for gasoline, general store, hotel, etc. that you begin...

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Cardrona

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  • Cardrona Adventure Park

    Cardrona Things to Do

    Cardrona Adventure Park is a petrol heads paradise run by Ian Soanes, a world renowned stuntman originally from South Africa, and no small petrol head himself.Anyone can drive one of the several very large monster trucks or quad bikes around an obstacle course purpose built on a farming property.Even my 12 year old got a chance to drive the...

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  • Cardrona Range

    Cardrona Transportation

    The road to Cardrona is over a scenic mountain pass over the Crown Range Summit, which at 1,076m above sea level, is the highest sealed road in New Zealand.Not recommended if you are prone to car sickness so take whatever precautions work for you.

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  • Some local history

    Cardrona Favorites

    The township of Cardrona began in 1865, when hundreds of settlers came to the Cardrona Valley, eager to stake their claim. As word got around, the settlement quickly developed and a commercial centre was soon formed. Within three years there were four hotels, three European stores, four Chinese stores, four butcheries, one blacksmith and a baker.As...

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Kaka Point

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  • Wonderful atmosphere

    Kaka Point Restaurants

    "To the point" was the closest pub/restaurant to our accomodation, and maybe the only one in town, since we have not seen other places for eating out in the area!The building is divided into restaurant and pub. The restaurant was closed (we did not understand why) and we obviously went for the pub:)We had some meat with chips, nothing special to be...

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  • The lighthouse at Nugget Point

    Kaka Point Things to Do

    We are driving towards Nugget Point; here stands since 1870 a lighthouse. The many small stones on the road make the car break away sometimes. So it's not an easy drive over these curvy roads. But you have a great view over the Ocean at your left-hand side. We make a short walk to the lighthouse and enjoy the scenery. Latitude: 46°27'...

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  • Drive along the Southern Scenic Route

    Kaka Point Things to Do

    The Southern Scenic Route borders NZ South Island Southern coastline from Dunedin to Te Anau, and it is a wonderful experience. Just drive along this road, you'll be captured by wonderful views that will make you feel in heaven. People will help you to find out where to go, and I promise you'll remember about this remote region for ever and ever!

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Clyde

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  • Great place to rest and eat.

    Clyde Restaurants

    It was very nice to find this cafe open on a Sunday, as we had just finished cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail. Finding this oasis oozing with ambience and friendly staff, sitting outside in the sun was just what the doctor ordered. The World Cafe is another example of where these small towns have reinvented their closed down bank buildings to a...

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  • Dunstan Golf Club

    Clyde Sports & Outdoors

    Dunstan Golf Club has a very nice 9 hole course. The front and back nines share greens but often have very different tees. The course is generally on the short side but has some challenging bits with its tight fairways. The course was in good condition when I last played with both Tees and Greens is great shape.Cost is only $15 so it's a cheap way...

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  • Alexandra to Clutha 150th Anniversary...

    Clyde Things to Do

    Running beside the Clutha between Alex and Clyde is an 11.5km track. It is open to walkers and bikers with the Mountain Bike crew who give it the most action. There are lots of dips and rises, small bridges and fast straights to give you a fun ride no matter what your level. Bikes can be hired from several places for around $10 per hour or $35 per...

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Lake Hayes

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  • Fantastic Reflections

    Lake Hayes Things to Do

    Lake Hayes is a small lake between the towns of Arrowtown and Queenstown.The lake was originally known as Hays Lake after D. Hay, an Australian who came to the district looking for sheep country in 1859. Its name gradually changed to Lake Hayes, as its discovery was credited erroneously to Captain "Bully" Hayes, an early local character of the...

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  • Stoneridge

    Lake Hayes Things to Do

    Stoneridge Estate has a stunning and unique wedding and reception venue, set amidst 5 hectares of grounds, with magnificent panoramic views of the vineyard, Lake Hayes and mountains. Stoneridge is constructed from recycled materials including Church and bridge beams, schist rock and slate. Stoneridge also offers an authentic wedding chapel -...

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  • Paintings

    Lake Hayes Things to Do

    Peter Beadle is an NZ painting legend. He lives in the heart of the South Island's picturesque lake district. After 30 years of refining his craft Peter is acknowledged as our leading landscape artist. He has been honoured by the New Zealand Government for his services to art and conservation.The artist's work is a tribute to the grandeur of the...

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Saint Bathans

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  • The Vulcan Hotel

    Saint Bathans Things to Do

    I loved this old hotel - we sat outside in the bright Otago sunshine with a cold glass of wine enjoying the atmosphere and playing with the friendly hotel dog. Built in 1869, the Vulcan is the only one remaining out of the thirteen hotels that once served the St Bathans gold miners. It oozes character with it's faded old sign and polished copper...

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  • Finding St Bathans

    Saint Bathans Favorites

    St Bathans is hidden off the main road, so you need to know the turn off if you are to find it. Travelling along highway 85, approximately halfway-ish between Ranfurly and Alexandra keep your eyes peeled for Loop Road. This will take you off the main road, into St Bathans, and back onto the main road so you can continue on your journey.

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  • The Blue Lake

    Saint Bathans Things to Do

    This gorgeous looking lake is found right opposite the Vulcan Hotel, although it is a fair way down to the shore. It was once a hill, but the mine workings have left behind this sparkling lake, made a striking blue colour by the minerals present in the waters and in the surrounding steep cliffs. The picnic site opposite the hotel means the views...

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Cromwell

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  • Play golf!

    Cromwell Things to Do

    The Cromwell golf club welcomes visitors, so you can take a break from your road trip to play golf and relax. 9-hole greenfee + clubs rent cost 40NZ$.

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  • Carrick Lodge Motel

    Cromwell Hotels

    10 Barry Avenue, Cromwell, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Cromwell Old Town

    Cromwell Things to Do

    Cromwell was born in the 1880s, during the gold rush and was then abandoned. In 1990, a power station was built, and the lake Dunstan level increased: Cromwell Old Town was intentionally flooded, and its buildings were dismantled and then rebuilt in the actual location. Old town is now an open-air museum of the original arts and crafts of the...

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